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The Blue Bell

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Address: 53 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF, England
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+44 1904 654904
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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The Blue Bell is York's only Grade II* Listed Edwardian Public House. The...

The Blue Bell is York's only Grade II* Listed Edwardian Public House. The first pint was pulled in 1798 and it's interior has remained untouched since 1903, allowing you to step back in time and experience a piece of living history first hand.

Famous for it's wide selection of cask ales, pork pies, friendly service and lovely atmosphere, The Blue Bell is also York CAMRA's Pub of The Season for Winter 2016/17 and is listed in the Good Beer Guide as well as numerous publications regarding classic pub interiors. There are no TVs, music or games machines and although there is free WiFi, don't be expecting any mod cons or gimmicks.

The Blue Bell is also York's smallest Public House and as such has extremely strict policies of no groups, swearing, Hen or Stag parties, mobile phones or Under 18s. At busy times you may not get into the pub - midweek afternoons are usually the quietest times if you would like to sit down.

A warm welcome awaits you at The Blue Bell - but only if you follow the rules and do your part to create a warm, relaxed and (some would say old-fashioned) atmosphere of respect and friendship.

It's a proper pub, for proper pub people...

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I just love it...charm in bucketfulls!

Love to pop in here when in York, but never left a review for it before! This place does not try to be something it isn't (like some of the newer places in york). It has a great... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Sheffield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Love to pop in here when in York, but never left a review for it before! This place does not try to be something it isn't (like some of the newer places in york). It has a great atmosphere (more shabby than shabby chic!) But this is the reason I love it so much! Great beer and great staff. One... More 

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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The smallest bar in York but the biggest on character. Always a superb range of beers and a great friendly local crowd. Never miss it if we can get in!

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our friends who live in York took us here for a drink. It's so tiny, it's like someone's front room, complete with fire! There are actually 2 rooms with the bar in the middle. People come and go and we did get a seat in the end. Lots of beer to chose from. No groups allowed - they'd never fit... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great find whilst doing a walking tour around York. Love the beer and intermacy of this pub, friendly staff.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called into The Bluebell on Saturday afternoon for a drink after being recommended to go there. We got a very warm welcome from the owner and we loved the warm cosy atmosphere of the pub. The pork pie I had was one of the best tasting pork pies I have ever eaten. A lovely little quirky pub steeped in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great little pub. Just wish the bar staff would move a little quicker when it's busy! Took forever to get 2 pints

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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic place, like stepping back in time, open fire, warm welcome on a cold day. Friendly barman. Real ales and delicious pork pies.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent selection and rotation of beers and other drinks. A great pub by every measurable factor, the title 'best pub in York' is highly debated but in my opinion the Blue Bell stands head and shoulders above the rest. The staff deserve a special mention, enthusiastic and friendly at all times, especially the young red-headed bloke who has served me... More 

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York, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

last time I came here they were still pouring pints from a jug - and whilst this practice seems to have gone - the place hasn't changed much for decades. It's small, cosy very friendly. Good selection of bee, wine and gin. - with all the chains and generic looking offers these days this little gem is a must,

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

.... if you are visiting York. A fabulous little pub, old and small, everyone crammed in and it was buzzing. Exactly how a pub should be. Our favourite whilst spending the weekend in York. Cheers

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